Spinach Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche, a wonderful homemade brioche pastry stuffed with pesto, spinach, caramelized onion, sweet goat cheese, and melty Edam cheese, baked in individual muffin cups, can make your breakfast at home an experience to remember.
Song of the day: Patience - Guns N' Roses.
We've just come back from a 5 day trip to San Francisco, some kind of a paradise for foodies like us. We asked for recommendations on the best places to eat before leaving and fellow bloggers were kind enough to provide us with an extensive list that we tried to follow to some extent. Known my love for breakfast and baked goods, 'where to go for breakfast' was mandatory and dictated our schedule for the days.
It was exciting to start every morning finding our way to the recommended bakery/cafe. Even though our only means of transportation were our feet, we did not let the distance from our hotel scare us away from what seemed to be the bakery with the best croissant, kouign amann, cruffin, or savory muffin.
We've found some jewels along the way and we are going to share our suggestions on San Francisco in a blog post to come. The sound of the perfect crunch on the perfect laminated croissant, the moans of delight for that oozing egg yolk, the soft chuckles of pleasure, will resound in my ears for days. It hasn't always been a victory, though, we also found some places that were just 'ok' and that made me wish I was back home with some of my homemade baked goods.
As a passionate home baker, I believe in baking as often as possible. I consider it my therapy for stress relief.
I, also, believe in a lifelong education, and in my case, it is attending baking classes, anywhere I am. There's always something to learn, to improve, to challenge. After every class I grow an inch taller in my self-confidence, a gram wiser, and a ton happier.
This Spinach Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche is my answer to a Brioche Baking Class I attended at Duchess Atelier in Edmonton just a couple of weeks ago. Brioche dough is often seen as daunting and impossible to replicate at home, but I assure you it is less intimidating than it may seem. We made classic brioche, apple crème brulée brioche, and brioche Pépin, in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere, where everybody had fun challenging themselves, and everybody was rewarded with their beautiful creations to take home. All for the enjoyment of the family!
When making brioche dough, the main requirements are a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and a whole lot of patience. Since patience is not one of my strongest assets, the only time I made brioche dough was once before taking the class. It hadn't risen much and was very dense, that was because I didn't allow time for the dough to mix until smooth and shiny (about 15-20 minutes or longer). Having always to pay attention not to overwork the pastry dough for pie, tarts, shortcrust, and such, I was worried to overwork it, but this is not the case for brioche dough. There is no risk to overwork it, we were told that, rather, it is better to mix it longer. TRICK learned in class: when you think it's done, that is when the dough has pulled away from the sides and the bottom and it is rolled around the hook, take a little piece of the dough and stretch it between your fingers; it should feel elastic and stretch until thin and see-through.
Shape gently the dough into a ball, pulling the sides down, and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Then, starts the resting time.
One hour, covered, at room temperature, then it needs to be punched down, covered again, and put in the refrigerator. Yes, you will need patience between your 'brioche craving' and the actual 'brioche eating' since it is advisable to leave the brioche dough in the fridge overnight before turning it into something mouthwatering.
This Spinach Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche needs half of the dough that I made with this recipe. I cut the dough in half. You can wrap the other half in plastic wrap lightly sprayed with oil and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days, or in the freezer for up to one week. I can see another great brioche recipe idea coming very soon using the other half of the dough.
I'm not going to replicate here what it's in the recipe, moreover, the pictures show the steps of the preparation. Just a few tidbits, like do not put too much filling, roll it tight and cut it with a sharp knife seam side down. Oil the muffin tin, and place the slices in the cup, pulling the sides towards the bottom to cover the filling a bit, then let them rise again in a warm place, for at least half hour or 45 minutes. I told you to be patient, soon you will be rewarded with a delicious savory breakfast brioche.
I love the way the brioche dough puffs up, pressing the filling into its spiraled folds. Into the oven, they go, not before a good brush with egg yolk and a sprinkle of cheese!
The aroma in the kitchen is divine. That brioche getting all golden on the edges and the smell of that butter melting into the dough is an appetite catcher for sure.
Just a little longer and it will be time to tear apart this breakfast brioche letting the wonderful billowy pieces to grace our tongue. The brioche is cooled but one confession, Loreto and I shared one when it was hot, oops! Getting these out of the muffin pan was relatively easy. Loreto just took a butter knife and worked it all around the edges and they just popped out.
Don't these look tempting? Hang on just a few final shots and then you can have one.
I love the shape, texture, and delicateness of these Spinach Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche. Easy to handle and eat and so so aromatic. That goat cheese compliments the smell of the caramelized onion, and that spinach nicely steamed inside the roll is so complimented by that smell of butter and pesto. I think everyone can agree that the smell of dough baking with that hint of butter always makes you so hungry!
Finally, time to really get into this breakfast brioche. Ooooh, that crust is amazing, slightly crispy, and the inside so velvety soft and rich. The combination of pesto, the goat cheese, those nice strands of melted Edam, caramelized onion and spinach along with the tenderness and butteriness of the brioche is a pure delight to my taste buds.
I am so so happy with how these turned out and I am giving myself a pat on the back. Breakfast for me is not negotiable, it gets my day started and I start thinking about it before I fall asleep the night before. Why not take the hum drums out of your morning and treat yourself to some of these delicious and delectable Spinach Caramelized Onion Breakfast Brioche. A great way to start the weekend!
Song of the day: Patience - Guns N' Roses.Print